Competition: Win The Lair and a canvas tote gag

Competition: Win a Margellos canvas tote bag and a copy of Norman Manea's 'The Lair'

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

To celebrate the new titles in our pioneering Margellos World Republic of Letters translation series, we will be giving three lucky winners a copy of Norman Manea's fabulous novel The Lair (published in English for the first time) and a lovely Margellos tote bag to carry it in. The competition starts today (Wednesday 13 June) and will run for three days. To enter simply follow @yalebooks on Twitter and tweet your answer to that day's Manea-related question using the hashtag #margellos. Good luck!

Follow us on Twitter to enter

The competition will start on Wednesday 13 June and will run until Friday 15 June 2012. On those three days, between 12 - 1pm, we will tweet a question. You have until midnight that day to tweet the correct answer with the hashtag #margellos. We will announce that day's winner the following morning. Winning participents will be asked to Direct Message us your email address so that we can make contact and arrange delivery of The Lair and the Tote bag. Don't worry if you don't win today's question, there are still two more chances!

Wednesday's Question

Norman Manea won the MacArthur Fellowship in 1992: what is the prize’s nickname?

Thursday's Question

Name another Norman Manea book in Yale’s Margellos series (there's a few to choose from!)

Friday's Question

Norman Manea has often been proposed as a candidate for which Swedish literary prize?

About 'The Lair'

Set in New York City in the months preceding 9/11, Norman Manea's novel introduces us to the protagonist who, like the author himself, is a Romanian professor in exile and who struggles with loneliness, dislocation, the desire to hide. Yet his difficulties and dilemmas are uniquely his own, and his quest for inner peace - the comfort of a lair - is a literary journey of deep originality.

Manea's novel takes elements of Mittel-Europa atmosphere, Byzantine heritage, Jewish-Greek perennial conflict, labyrinths, and libraries to America, where hierarchies of authority are upended, and where his story turns absurd and ultimately tragic. Manea has described himself as "an adventurer trying to humanize his shipwreck wherever he may be". His hero, too, is such an adventurer. Norman Manea's work places him in the literary family of such writers as Bruno Schultz, Robert Musil, and Franz Kafka. Twice a survivor of totalitarian regimes, he often explores the implications of exile, and he illuminates the human tragicomedy with an intensity matched by no other author writing today.

About the Margellos World Republic of Letters series

The Margellos World Republic of Letters series identifies works of cultural and artistic significance previously overlooked by translators and publishers, canonical works of literature and philosophy needing new translations, as well as important contemporary authors whose work has not yet been translated into English. The series is designed to bring to the English-speaking world leading poets, novelists, essayists, philosophers, and playwrights from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, to stimulate international discourse and creative exchange.

Visit the official Margellos website to learn more about this series.